The defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Niger, gather for their extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, to discuss the situation in Nig

3 coup-hit West African nations exit ECOWAS citing sanctions, no support against terrorism 

Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have all experienced military coups in the past few years. They say the regional trade organization is not helping them fight terrorism but rather imposing severe sanctions on them. Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman reports from Ghana on the implications of their withdrawals.

The directors of “Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,” along with some other guests from Africa visit Disney studios to meet with filmmakers

Contemporary African animators make their mark on the international scene

Three men head north toward Algeria after crossing the Assamaka border post in northern Niger, June 3, 2018. 

How Niger is fending off coronavirus 

Woman in orange outfit walks in dry climate with girl in pink dress and boy in beige outfit

NATO agrees to study how climate change impacts global security threats

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A line of young school children are shown wearing face masks and wearing backpacks and jackets.

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus ‘apocalypse’

Nigerien soldiers patrol at the border with neighbouring Nigeria near the town of Diffa.

Why the US military is building a drone base in Niger


The $110 million drone base is slated to open later this year. Residents of the city of Algadez have a lot of conspiracy theories about exactly why US troops are nearby.

Manantali Dam

In Africa, dams and loss of wetlands are helping to fuel the migrant crisis


Large dams often draw scrutiny for their impacts on the local habitat, from fish stocks to plant life, but they can also disrupt society, rendering traditional livelihoods obsolete in the name of economic development.

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford is stands at a podium during a press conference.

Pentagon looks at stepping up its role in Africa to counter ISIS


The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue ISIS jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their “caliphate,” American officials say.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly pauses during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington,

The White House suggests no one should question its chief of staff


A historian, who lost a son in Iraq, says the White House is putting military officers on a sort of pedestal that doesn’t serve democracy.

A US special forces soldier demonstrates how to detain a suspect during Flintlock 2014, a US-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, Niger, March 4, 2014.

Niger raid highlights US military’s growing role in Africa


The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, where their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements, including al-Shabab in Somalia, ISIS affiliates in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria.